Plans for wind farm near Rugby on show

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A series of public exhibitions to allow people to find out more about plans for a new wind farm outside Rugby will be held later this month.

The exhibitions for the proposed wind farm on land to the west of the A5 to the north of Churchover, will be held on June 25 and 26 in Rugby, Churchover and Lutterworth.

The project is known as Swift Wind Farm and the exhibitions have been organised by renewable energy company RES.

Depending on final turbine selection, Swift Wind Farm could generate at least eight megawatts of electricity.

This is sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average needs of at least 6,400 homes.

Dan Patterson, RES project manager, said: “This site was previously subject to a larger wind farm application by SSE, which comprised nine turbines. However it became clear that local people were concerned about this number of turbines and their proximity to local settlements. Having acquired the option to develop the site, RES has taken the opportunity to reassess the design and respond to local concerns by reducing the number of turbines and siting them further form housing.

“We believe that the resulting proposals for a four turbine wind farm will make a valuable contribution to renewable energy targets while minimising local impacts. We hope that local people will be able to come along to our events and ask any questions they have, as well as giving us their views about plans for the site.”

The public exhibitions will be held at the following places:

Tuesday June 25, 10am to midday at Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby

Tuesday June 25, 3-8pm at Churchover Village Hall, The Green, Churchover

Wednesday June 26, midday to 4pm at Lutterworth Golf Club, Rugby Road, Lutterworth